Navigators set to help Mainers through Affordable Health Care Act

4:46 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mainers won't be on their own when it comes to enrolling for health care insurance under Obamacare. In the next couple of weeks dozens of 'navigators' will be blanketing the state to help patients select plans that fits their needs.

Enrolllment will be taking place on line and people who don't have access to a computer, beginning October first they can use computers at the Portland Public Library. If patients need personal assistance they can go to the Portland Community Health Center.

Trained navigators will be available to walk patients through the process.The navigators are being paid by a federal grant and must complete 20 hours of training which includes privacy issues. Navigators and trained volunteers will be available at dozens of locations through the state from libraries, community action offices and health clinics.

'That's a big piece of the project to actually help people understand what this marketplace means and what is available to them for insurances, and them if people are in need to sit down and actually help them through the application process,' said Karen Turgeon of The Opportunity Alliance.

There will be events going on throughout Maine, kicking off enrollment under the Affordable Health Care next Tuesday.
Federal DHHS and other officials will be on hand with information for patients who are interested in enrolling.

Portland: 11 a.m. At Bell Buoy Park, located on Commercial street between RiRa's and the Casco Bay Lines terminal.
Waterville: there will be two kickoff events at the Waterville Public Library at 2:00 p.m. and at 5:30p.m.
Lewiston: Lewiston Public Library at 6:00 pm.
Bangor: Penobscot Community Health Center at 12 p.m. and at Presque Isle: Aroostook Centre Mall at 3 p.m.

 If you want more information you can go to http://www.enroll207.com  or to find out about navigators, you can go to http://www.theopportunityalliance.org
To make appointments at the Portland Community Health Center, you can call Libby Cummings at the Portland Community Health Center, (207) 874-2141 ext. 5007.

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